Wishes

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Wishes was published in The Fairy Changeling and Other Poems (1897).
An illustration for the story Wishes by the author Dora Sigerson Shorter
Vincent van Gogh, Four cut sunflowers, 1887
An illustration for the story Wishes by the author Dora Sigerson Shorter
Vincent van Gogh, Four cut sunflowers, 1887
An illustration for the story Wishes by the author Dora Sigerson Shorter
I wish we could live as the flowers live,
   To breathe and to bloom in the summer and sun;
To slumber and sway in the heart of the night,
   And to die when our glory had done.

I wish we could love as the bees love,
   To rest or to roam without sorrow or sigh;
With laughter, when, after the wooer had won,
   Love flew with a whispered good-bye.

I wish we could die as the birds die,
   To fly and to fall when our beauty was best:
No trammels of time on the years of our face;
   And to leave but an empty nest.

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